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Friday, February 10, 2006

Jan 27 to Jan 31 Chatter Creek Tour

Snow, snow and more snow. That was the story of our end-January trip to Chatter Creek. Four days of the best powder many of the group has ever seen. It snowed part of every day and every night, with 30 cm overnight for our second day. It was really tough, sometimes, maintaining any visibility. It was one "face shot" after another. Photographer John Dougall got some great shots and we all came home with a CD of over 250 photos, every one a "keeper". It was a problem to cut down to the CD capacity.
Overheard in the cat, "After chasing powder for 50 years and on three coninents as well as in the Southern Alps, today is my best day of powder skiing, ever".

The weather kept us confined pretty well to the trees, with only a few excursions onto open slopes. However, the constant snowfall snowed in tracks pretty quickly and the East Ridge just kept on giving. We also skied Lodge Ridge and Staff Trees.

Footnote: we stayed at the Kicking Horse Canyon Guest House in Golden. It's a great spot! Very comfortable and homey. The price is right and the breakfast "rocks"!